Lifting terms to string

Ulf Wiger etxuwig@REDACTED
Thu Oct 25 22:34:34 CEST 2001

On Thu, 25 Oct 2001, Niels Christensen wrote:

>say I have a variable X, the values of which
>I'd like to convert to a string, e.g. if
>X=2 then I'd like to produce "2". Is there a
>way to do that in Erlang?
>What I really want is a version of io:fwrite that
>produces strings instead of writing to IoDevices.

The short answer is: io_lib:fwrite/2, which does exactly what
you're asking for.

You can, of course, try to optimize things a bit:

to_string(X) when atom(X) -> atom_to_list(X);
to_string(X) when integer(X) -> integer_to_list(X);
to_string(X) -> lists:flatten(io_lib:fwrite("~w", [X])).

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